Elizabeth Strout was out for dinner with friends when Colby Rodger caught they eye of one of her pals. "He was managing and I was in for dinner when one of my friends suddenly proclaimed that I simply must meet that guy and that we just have to go out," she remembers. "While the look on my face apparently said, 'I want nothing to do with you,' he persisted and managed to chase down my number and eventually a first date." Two and a half years later, on May 9, 2014, Colby brought Elizabeth for a walk on the beach where he popped the question with their two dogs in tow.
The couple decided to host their August 22, 2015, wedding at Grey Havens Inn in Georgetown Island, Maine. "From the minute we walked up the white seashell-lined driveway, we knew we were about to see something special," Elizabeth says. "We fell in love with the view and that it felt like a quintessential Maine outpost with rocky coastlines and a lighthouse in the distance." And although they chose to have a destination near the Atlantic, the California-based couple worked to bring some West Coast-style out East. Keep reading to this couple's DIY, bicoastal-inspired celebration, as captured by Paul Robert Berman Photography.
Elizabeth wore a lace and silk gown from Marissa of New York. "I think I always had it in the back of my mind that I would get married in an all lace dress," she says. "I just adore how absolutely romantic and timeless this dress looked, and how it basically fit me like a glove from day one." Colby chose a light blue-gray suit that, as his bride says, perfectly matched his ocean-hued eyes.
Their wedding party looked equally well dressed in their big day attire. For Elizabeth's five 'maids, cocktail-length dresses in blush or gold with plenty of sequins made them stand out, while Colby's three attendants donned slate blue suits.
The couple's ceremony was held on a grassy lawn overlooking the lake. "We did a lot of DIY for the wedding starting with the ceremony," Elizabeth says. "My father is a master craftsman, so he handpicked and stained wood to create our ceremony arch." A close friend of the mother-of-the-bride arranged silk flowers, which were found by both the bride and her mother, across the top of the structure. The aisle was decorated with low mercury glass lanterns that were filled with garden roses and seeded eucalyptus.
Both the bride's mother and father walked her down the aisle. "I'm an only child, so I figured the best way to honor both of their hard work in raising me was to have them both by my side," Elizabeth says. She and Colby exchanged vows they wrote themselves — he told the story of how he called Elizabeth the wrong name when they first met while the bride shared that she tried to convince Colby she could kayak to Catalina on their second date. "We crafted the ceremony around our love of family and friends, nature, our love, and some Hawaiian blessings since that is one of our favorite places."
Their tented reception was packed with plenty of DIY details, too. The bride and the groom's mother hand-sewed the sequin tablecloth for the couple's sweetheart table, along with all of the napkins used throughout the party. Friends also helped Elizabeth craft centerpieces of roses, hydrangeas, and seeded eucalyptus.
Dinner was served buffet style, with Maine classics like baked stuffed haddock and lobster salad, as well as traditional wedding fare like seared chicken, pasta primavera, and seasonal veggies. The bride's mother and her friend baked a huge selection of desserts, including whoopee pies, petit fours, and cookies.
"Don't be afraid to make decisions and stick with them," Elizabeth advises future brides. "Find what you like and then cross it off your list. There's nothing wrong with feeling confident about your choices!"
Venue & Catering: Grey Havens Inn || Officiant: Elaine Pereshula || Bride's Wedding Dress: Marissa of New York || Hair: I Do Spas || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Affinity & Co. Jewelers || Photographer: Paul Robert Berman Photography
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